Gossip: Posting or sending cruel gossip to damage a person’s reputation and relationships with friends, family, and acquaintances
Exclusion: Deliberately excluding someone from an online group
Impersonation: Breaking into someone’s e-mail or other online account and sending messages that will cause embarrassment or damage to the person’s reputation and affect his or her relationship with others
Harassment: Repeatedly posting or sending offensive, rude, and insulting messages
Cyberstalking: Posting or sending unwanted or intimidating messages, which may include threats
Flaming: Online fights where scornful and offensive messages are posted on websites, forums, or blogs
Outing and Trickery: Tricking someone into revealing secrets or embarrassing information, which is then shared online
Cyberthreats: Remarks on the Internet threatening or implying violent behavior, displaying suicidal tendencies
If you want to talk to someone but don’t know who to turn to
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Don’t respond. If someone bullies you, remember that your reaction is usually exactly what the bully wants. It gives him or her power over you. Who wants to empower a bully?
Don’t retaliate. Getting back at the bully turns you into one and reinforces the bully’s behavior. Help avoid a whole cycle of aggression.
Save the evidence. The only good news about digital bullying is that the harassing messages can usually be captured, saved, and shown to someone who can help. You need to do this even if it’s minor stuff, in case things escalate.
Talk to a trusted adult. You deserve backup. It’s always good to involve a parent but – if you can’t – a school counselor usually knows how to help. Sometimes both are needed. If you’re really nervous about saying something, see if there’s a way to report the incident anonymously at school.
Block the bully. If the harassment’s coming in the form of instant messages, texts, or profile comments, do yourself a favor: Use preferences or privacy tools to block the person. If it’s in chat, leave the “room.”
Be civil. Even if you don’t like someone, it’s a good idea to be decent and not sink to the other person’s level. Also, research shows that gossiping about and trash talking others increases your risk of being bullied. Treat people the way you want to be treated.
Don’t be a bully. How would you feel if someone harassed you? You know the old saying about walking a mile in someone’s shoes; even a few seconds of thinking about how another person might feel can put a big damper on aggression. That’s needed in this world.
Be a friend, not a bystander. Watching or forwarding mean messages empowers bullies and hurts victims even more. If you can, tell bullies to stop or let them know harassment makes people look stupid and mean. It’s time to let bullies know their behavior is unacceptable – cruel abuse of fellow human beings. If you can’t stop the bully, at least try to help the victim and report the behavior.
This website page outlines 4 different types of cyberbullies and what methods work best to deal with each different type.
Read this article from canada.com on how cyber bullying is becoming more and more of a problem in Canada
Recently, Samantha Morrison, a VCCAPS Youth Intern shared the drama sketch she wrote on Cyberbullying.
Read the article from the Cape Breton Post on how a teen is developing a computer program to help fight cyberbullying.
Here are some great videos on the topic of bullying.
Teens React to Bullying (Amanda Todd) *Warning: Strong language and imagery*